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Review: In ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ J.A. Bayona Milks a Dying Franchise For All It’s Worth

A once-dormant entity is resurrected and vulgarly mutated to fit the irresponsible demands of an entire population in the name of capitalist greed–this is not only the core narrative throughline of the newly-resuscitated Jurassic Park franchise, but also the primary goal of the executives at Universal Pictures. In Fallen Kingdom, we literally see dollar signs light up across the eyes of a megalomaniacal business tycoon (i.e. Universal) as his new technologically advanced breed of dinosaurs (i.e. this new iteration of the franchise) sell for millions to thrill-seeking bidders (i.e. the audience). One would think these parallels are obvious enough to be intentional, yet the new batch of Jurassic films seem to be completely bereft of a much-needed sense of self-awareness.

In the films of Steven Spielberg, the inherently ridiculous and thrilling concept of reviving the Jurassic era in the modern day was executed with a sense of humanity,
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Interview: Daniella Pineda on Working with Her Prehistoric Co-Star and More for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Arriving in theaters this week is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Toby Jones, and James Cromwell.

Fallen Kingdom takes Pratt and Howard back to Isla Nublar to try and rescue the remaining dinosaurs from an erupting volcano, only for them to realize there are even more threats awaiting the previously prehistoric animals back in the United States. Along for the ride is Daniella Pineda’s character, Zia, a volunteer who works with a dinosaur-centric non-profit, who also happens to be a highly skilled paleo-veterinarian with her hands full during the rescue mission.

Daily Dead recently spoke with Pineda about coming aboard Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and she chatted about working with her co-stars as well as director Bayona, her experiences filming with the animatronic puppet for Blue (Pratt’s prized
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Jurassic' Franchise Recap, 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' as a Live-Action Movie and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Remade Trailer of the Day: Darth Blender made a live-action version of the trailer for the animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse using footage from other movies and TV shows:   Franchise Recap of the Day: Before Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters this Friday, cram on a recap of the Jurassic franchise so far care of Screen Junkies:    Mashups of the Day: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  director J.A. Bayona shared these images of Paddington Bear infiltrating horror movies including PsychoThe Shining and his own The Orphanage: This is the real website where you can see how popular horror movies...
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' as a Live-Action Movie, 'Jurassic' Franchise Recap, and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Remade Trailer of the Day: Darth Blender made a live-action version of the trailer for the animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse using footage from other movies and TV shows:   Franchise Recap of the Day: Before Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters this Friday, cram on a recap of the Jurassic franchise so far care of Screen Junkies:    Mashups of the Day: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  director J.A. Bayona shared these images of Paddington Bear infiltrating horror movies including PsychoThe Shining and his own The Orphanage: This is the real website where you can see how popular horror movies...
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Interview: Toby Jones Talks Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Reflects on Berberian Sound Studio

Arriving in theaters this week is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Toby Jones, and James Cromwell.

Fallen Kingdom takes Pratt and Howard back to Isla Nublar to try and rescue the remaining dinosaurs from an erupting volcano, only for them to realize that there are even more threats awaiting the previously prehistoric animals back in the United States. One of those threats includes Toby Jones’ character, the mysterious Mr. Eversol, a charismatic businessman who knows everything has a price—especially dinosaurs.

Daily Dead recently spoke with Jones about his role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and he discussed the appeal of his villainous character, collaborating with Bayona, and finding a balance in his career with bigger studio films and the various indie projects he takes on each year. We also
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom review – tropes as dated as the dinos

The latest instalment in the genetically modified franchise could use some new ideas

With Spanish horror director Ja Bayona at the helm, I’d hoped for more creative intervention in this chapter of the Jurassic Park – sorry, World – franchise. Yet though there are some interesting genre flourishes, and a set piece involving a gorgeous, shadowy gothic mansion, this overlong instalment is merely serviceable.

The volcanic, dinosaur-inhabited island of Isla Nublar is about to erupt, and so Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing (in combat boots rather than heels this time) and animal behavioural expert Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) have been flown in by Benjamin Lockwood’s estate to help transport the dinosaurs to safety, helped along by a sweaty, jittering coder named Franklin and a tough-talking palaeoveterinarian named Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda). Predictably, some people in on the plan have other designs for the dinos and so the rescue mission
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Review

Owen (Chris Pratt) meets the vicious T. rex in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

WeAreMovieGeeks was fortunate enough to see an early screening of the latest in the Jurassic Park franchise and it did not disappoint. We loved it!

Directed by J.A. Bayona, from a script by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is everything we wanted to see in the progression of the “great DNA adventure” and where it would take us next.

It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When a once dormant volcano’s inevitable destruction of the island begins, raptor-whisperer Owen (Chris Pratt) and former park manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) join forces with a wealthy benefactor to save and relocate the remaining dinosaurs to a nearby sanctuary.
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Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Jurassic World. Three years later, the island’s active volcano threatens to wipeout the abandoned dinosaurs. Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) billionaire CEO of the Lockwood Foundation launches a rescue mission that reunites the park’s former manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and raptor wrangler Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), and of course genetically modified dino mayhem breaks loose again.

We open on darkness. Out of the deep gloom of the ocean, a tiny submarine appears with its searchlight sweeping over the sea floor, now a graveyard of dinosaur bones beneath the abandoned mega theme park… Jurassic World. The submariners locate the huge skeleton of the Indominus Rex – the rampaging super-dino that munched its way through bus loads of tourists and pretty much everything else on the island. The sundodgers hack off one of its razor-sharp teeth, sending it to the surface via balloon. As the Mosasaurus – a fishy crocodile, the
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Second Opinion – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom , 2018.

Directed by J.A. Bayona.

Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Justice Smith, Toby Jones, Bd Wong, Ted Wheatley, and Jeff Goldblum.

Synopsis:

Four years have passed since the Jurassic World theme park was closed, but now a volcano on Isla Nublar has become active and it’s threatening to wipe out the remaining dinosaurs. Owen Grady and Claire Dearing are re-united in an effort to save the creatures but find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that could threaten the entire planet.

Twenty-five years after Steven Spielberg shocked the world by reintroducing dinosaurs to our lives and inspiring millions of people to dream of becoming palaeontologist – before having those dreams shattered by the sight of a velociraptor in a kitchen – director J.A. Bayona finally leaves the island towards an uncertain but exciting future. Oh, and apparently raptors can cry, so there’s that.
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, B.D. Wong, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, Kamil Lemieszewski, Justice Smith, Peter Jason | Written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly | Directed by J.A. Bayona

“Oh, yeah, ooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts – then later there’s running and screaming.” That’s the philosophy behind every movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, summed up in a nutshell by Jeff Goldblum’s Dr Ian Malcolm in The Lost World (1997). The latest addition to the franchise – a sequel to 2015′s Jurassic World and the fifth instalment in the series overall – sticks closely to that basic formula, while simultaneously trying to make things a little different this time round. Unfortunately, when it comes to provoking both wonder (the oohs and ahhhs) and terror (the screams), there’s a definite sense that the franchise has been hit by the law of diminishing returns.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review: A Dark and Scary Sequel

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review: A Dark and Scary Sequel
Clutch the kids tightly folks, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will have them jumping out of their seats. The fifth installment injects some much needed terror into the dinosaur franchise. Director J.A. Bayona adds a visceral element that elevates the film above its predecessor. It is darker and scarier than expected. The plot is still formulaic as hell, but the attention to tone marks a vast improvement. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom blends the big-budget action spectacle with bonafide chills.

Fallen Kingdom opens with Isla Nubar threatened by a volcanic eruption. The park abandoned, politicians struggle to decide the dinosaurs fate. Should they be left to face impending doom? Or rescued, to cheat extinction one again. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) wants to save the animals at all costs. She's recruited by Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), an agent of billionaire Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), Richard Hammond's original partner in Jurassic Park.
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
Reviews are trickling in for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” and the fifth “Jurassic” installment seems to have left critics mostly satisfied, though still yearning for a little more from yet another dinosaur-filled action-adventure ride. “Fallen Kingdom” currently sits at a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, a dip from its 2015 predecessor, “Jurassic World,” which finished at a 71%.

“Fallen Kingdom” star Chris Pratt comes in hot after his appearance as Star-Lord in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Directed by “A Monster Calls” helmer J.A. Bayona, the movie was written by “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.

Variety’s own Owen Gleiberman said the film reminded him more of 1970s disaster movie than a dinosaur picture, but praised Pratt’s performance, noting he “exudes a lean-and-mean sincerity.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters on June 22. Read below to see what critics think about the franchise’s newest reptile ride.

Variety’s Owen Glieberman:

“The first ‘Jurassic World’ was,
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Film Review: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Film Review: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’
Where have all the dinosaurs gone? That’s a question that may occur to you during vast stretches of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the fifth entry in the “Jurassic” series, and the first that plays less like a thunder-lizard spectacular than like a ’70s disaster movie run amok. Oh, don’t get me wrong: The film provides plenty of encounters with our stomping, gnashing primeval-beastly friends — yet for much of “Fallen Kingdom,” they are caged, shackled, sedated, wounded, and otherwise subdued. They’re right up there on screen, but too often they don’t feel like the main event.

On Isla Nubar, site of the now-decimated Jurassic World theme park, a billowing volcano is about to erupt and consume the island. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), that hearty bro of a raptor whisperer, and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the former park manager who now leads a dinosaur-rights activist group, have
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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Film Review: Dinos Return in a Sequel Drained of Suspense

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Film Review: Dinos Return in a Sequel Drained of Suspense
The major problem with “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” — the fifth installment in this dinosaur series, and the second of a prospective trilogy — is that the makers treat the action and suspense sequences in the way most of us go to the dentist.

Director J. A. Bayona (“A Monster Calls”) goes through the motions of these scenes, even staging a “hiding from dinosaurs” set piece that was the most memorable section of Steven Spielberg’s original “Jurassic Park” movie from 1993. But what was exciting and scary then feels expected and very hackneyed now.

This new “Jurassic” begins with a tedious sequence set during a nighttime rainstorm where one of the dinosaurs wakes from its slumber to scare some men. This is shot and edited in such a sluggish way that it comes close to feeling inept, but mainly it suffers from lack of enthusiasm. (How hard is it to make running
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The Best Movie Plot Twists of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: Last weekend saw the release of “Adrift,” a true-life survival story that builds to an improbably big plot twist.

With that example fresh in our minds, we asked critics to pick the most satisfying plot twist they’ve seen in a film, and to expound upon why it worked so well for them.

This should go without saying, but spoiler alert.

Emma Stefansky (@stefabsky), Vanity Fair, Uproxx

I tend to miss out on classic film twists that have become so deeply entrenched in the culture that it’s easy to have them casually spoiled for you. I knew about the Keyser Söze thing before I watched “The Usual Suspects,” and I don’t think “I am your father” really registered for me when I saw “The Empire Strikes Back” as a kid.
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Post-‘Solo’ Stumble, We Handicap the Summer Box Office for Other Unwelcome Surprises

Where the first three Disney “Star Wars” films were the top openers for their respective years, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” fell short of its lowest expectations with an $84 million, holiday-boosted, three-day total; that opening would place it outside the 10 best of 2017.

Instead, it may set another record as the first possible financial flop in the live-action “Star Wars” canon. Its theatrical worldwide gross will likely wind up a little north of $400 million — which is about what it cost in production and marketing. That means it will need another $150 million from other revenue streams before it can break even.

The summer ahead is loaded with sequels, remakes, and other IP offshoots, but it’s unlikely that they’ll suffer the same fate as “Solo.” Here’s why.

The Baggage

Movie budgets are set far in advance of release, and “Solo” went into pre-production just after “The Force Awakens” opened to record-breaking results.
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Magnet Plans 4K Release for ‘Marrowbone’, Starring Anya Taylor-Joy

Magnet Plans 4K Release for ‘Marrowbone’, Starring Anya Taylor-Joy
Four siblings seek refuge in an old home after the death of their mother, only to discover that the house has another, more sinister, inhabitant, in this haunting directorial debut from Sergio G. Sánchez, screenwriter of The Orphanage and The Impossible. Starring budding horror icon Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, New Mutants, Split), Magnet will release Marrowbone (read our review) on home video, including 4K […]
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Antonio Aakeel wraps UK comedy-drama 'Granada Nights' (exclusive)

The film is styled for the post-Brexit generation.

Production has wrapped in Spain on UK feature Granada Nights.

Writer-director Abid Khan makes his feature debut on the project and also produces through his EyeFive Films with Merlin Merton (Butterfly Kisses). The team are in Cannes looking to attach a sales agent.

Styled as a social-comedy-drama for the post-Brexit generation, Granada Nights stars Antonio Aakeel (Tomb Raider) as a heartbroken British-Asian tourist on a journey of hedonism and discovery in the beguiling city of Granada, Spain. After a failed relationship, he plunges into a diverse company of international students and eccentric
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘You Shall Not Sleep’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘You Shall Not Sleep’
Uruguayan director Gustavo Hernandez made a splash in 2010 with “La casa muda,” a haunted-house thriller with the conceptual novelty of being ostensibly shot in a single, real-time take. Now, with his third feature, “You Shall Not Sleep,” Hernandez moves into the mainstream of Spanish-language genre cinema, with a budget to match, but theresult is too glossy, contrived, and dependent on rote jump scares to raise much of a fright.

No-budget “Casa Muda” had a clammy, ominous atmosphere; “We Shall Not Sleep,” despite good art direction and an abandoned-asylum setting, feels like a convoluted and inorganic rehash of horror tropes from the start. That shouldn’t hurt its commercial prospects (it’s already opened in some South American countries and sold to other territories), but one hopes Hernandez regains some degree of creative idiosyncrasy in the future.

In outline, at least, “Sleep” appears cut from the same conceptual cloth as the director’s prior work,
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Producer Admits That J.A. Bayona Was First Choice To Helm ‘Jurassic World’ Before Colin Trevorrow

Filmmaker J.A. Bayona is making the leap from moderately-budgeted films to massive blockbusters this summer with the release of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” Previously, the director was best known for his films “A Monster Calls,” “The Orphanage,” and “The Impossible,” but now will have a (probable) billion-dollar film under his belt. And in a recent interview, a “Jurassic World” producer admits Bayona’s transition to blockbuster filmmaking could have happened sooner.
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